On Monday Night at a Republican presidential debate, Michele Bachmann announced that she will be entering the 2012 race. Bachmann is an outspoken member of the republican party, but has close ties to the Tea party movement. This will be a candidacy that could further shake up a volatile fight for the party’s nomination.
The Minnesota congresswoman had been heavily mulling over a run for the past several months. Even know she in the midst of her third term as a Minnesota lawmaker, she had been visiting early primary states, trying to raise money and railing against President Barack Obama. She kept Republican leaders on edge with her brazen style and was an unofficial ambassador of the Tea party in Washington.
“We cannot risk giving President Obama four more years to dismantle our nation. We must act now,” Bachmann said in a fundraising letter sent within an hour of her entrance. “That’s why I’ve made the decision to get in this race.”
“I do what I say and I say what I mean and I don’t change what I do based on a political wind or desire to necessarily move up the next ladder,” Bachmann told The Associated Press this spring in an interview in which she stressed her eagerness to “take on not only the opposing party but my own party as well to do what I think is right.”
Her edgeness and unpredictability were on display Monday night in New Hampshire when she announced that she had filed papers to be an official candidate for the Republican nomination, kind of out of nowhere during the debate. Some see her as a novelty candidate. She’s also regarded as a skilled, resilient politician.
“I know people like to pick at her,” said Dan Nygaard, a local Republican official during Bachmann’s early days in politics. “But you can never underestimate her.”
Bachmann is 55 years old, a mother of 5, has fostered over 20 girls in the past. She was an attorney that tracked down tax cheats for the federal government before spending six years in the Minnesota senate. After which she won an open seat to congress in 2007 to current time. Her husband, Marcus, runs a Christian-based counseling clinic.
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